G I V E A W A Y for travel dreams

A Painting Give Away to send me to UGANDA!

IMG-0301.jpg

I’m “giving away” this painting “BEYOND IT ALL No6” from my recent show. It is painted in oil on canvas and i used gold leaf. Size is 40x30 inches / 100 x 76 cm.

To be in the draw you can purchase entries by donating to my upcoming trip to Uganda!

Out of all entries the winner will be drawn at random on May 1st and I will ship this baby off to you, no matter where in the world you call home!

And this is what you are donating towards…

Some dreams just need to come into existence. I have often “too” many. Here are three that this money will go towards. Firstly I am looking to raise 2550 $ for number 1, an outreach trip to Uganda, anything that shoots over is going to dream 2 and 3.

  1. U G A N D A :: My friends, Tara and Clint Moseley, the founders of PR12 invited me to go with them on a trip to their project in Uganda in May, where they will be running a women’s conference, a local outreach and a visit to a women’s prison. Their project has a huge impact in the area and it’s amazing to see what they’ve done. They are changing a nation by raising up a hope filled, equipped generation. The school they are running is recognized as the best school in Uganda and their women’s project, Genesis project, is literally saving and transforming lives.

    For this trip we will be Firstly running a Women’s conference called “I Am Yours” for women from all different backgrounds where they will experience Jesus, worship, the gospel and healing. I will join them in ministering to the ladies. Secondly we are doing the “Bucket challenge” - door to door house visits in the community where we will also hand out buckets with life essentials. And thirdly, we will be visiting a women’s prison to speak to 1000+ women and their children.

    One amazing thing about PR12 is that it is all run on the ground by Ugandans and we will be able to encourage and pour into their local team. We will also get to speak to 100+ young leaders at a leadership meeting, get to preach at local churches and visit 250 women part of the Genesis project as well as being a part of their graduation day.

    I would LOVE to join the team and serve with them for this trip. Part of it is to see and learn from their work, but also to love on the locals and support and encourage what is happening there. I recently got to go with a team from SOSL (School of Supernatural Life), that I have been attending part time since September 2018, to South Africa. That time has again ignited my heart for Africa. Now this opportunity came up and I wonder if it will be possible to go. I feel very honored to have been invited and strangely confident, that this dream will become reality!

  2. A C R O S S T H E S T A T E S :: I had this dream for a while to travel and paint across the States in a van and this past November somebody actually gave me a van! Which is absolutely amazing! Still, for gas, insurance, food and materials I need some cash to keep this bad boy on the road. Right now it will probably turn into a tour with friends, where we will have actual worship concerts and painting events along the road. Lots of plein air and portraits will be painted in this time. And I can’t wait to share them with you!

  3. S E C O N D R O U N D S O S L :: I am going to do the second year of SOSL (school of supernatural life) here in Franklin, Tennessee. It’s been an amazing first year that has rocked my world in the best possible way and I can’t imagine not continuing now. I am hoping to raise the tuition of 4000$ with commissions, sales and illustration jobs. So doing this giveaway will also be a way for you helping me get more exposure to be able to realize that.

For now I am looking into having Uganda become reality. Anything that we raise over will go towards school and the van trip.

Also, there is a bonus entry when you share my instagram post in your story, or on facebook!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. I’d love to share my heart and vision behind all of these dreams, but a short post doesn’t give it justice, so I would love to chat with you one on one!

So here we go!

You can choose different donation amounts:

$25 _ one entry

$50 _ three entries

$70 _ five entries

$100 _ ten entries

$150 _ fifteen entries

$200 _ twenty five entries



The first button “Silvia goes to Uganda” will get you directly to donate to my Uganda trip. Since this is a donation to PR12 directly, it will be tax deductible as well. (Also, if you want to give a different amount, just email me and we can calculate how many entries that makes ;)

In the awesome case it should spill over, meaning my Uganda trip is financed, but you still want to be in the draw for the painting, you can donate directly to the other dreams here:

Silvias other Adventures

Much love and gratitude,

Silvia

Beyond it all

I did a series of sky paintings. 

What are your thoughts on them? Check the gallery here.

you can purchase them here.

 

2320804F-9FC1-4C52-822A-F94AD9EB54F6.JPG

Silvia Ilona Klatt - Beyond it all No4 “From sunrise” , oil and goldleaf on canvas

NEW SAINTS - new series


„N E W SAINTS“


This is a series of works to honour Gods marvellous transformation in those, he calls his children. All in process, yet in the mess already called saints. Still in the dark, but purchased and made righteous. Red as blood yet white as snow. Any darkness is still light to him. Nothing wehave ever done, it’s always been himand him crucified and glorified, that calls us up to higher places. From glory to glory. Maybe the most marvellous and hardest miracle to believe is, you are sanctified, made new.

IMG_0852.JPG

I painted these on self prepped wood panels with oil, implementing gold leaf. Obviously I’m drawing a connection here to iconography. But my heart behind this is NOT to mock these beautiful ancient works of art that are a vital part of the devotional life of my orthodox and catholic brothers and sisters. These are not icons. I merely wanted to use the imagery to wrestle with the concept of sanctification as a believer in Jesus Christ. God calls his children saints. We are asked to be perfect just as he is perfect. And yet, we can feel far from that standard. But the beautiful, amazing thing is, it’s never about anything we would be able to do to achieve a halo. It’s never about that. It’s always just this ridiculously undeserving amazing grace.

IMG_0841.JPG

I chose people at random. So these aren’t necessarily people that stand out as amazing human beings from an earthly perspective. I chose at random because everyone stands out as an amazing human being from a heavenly perspective.

It’s a process, and yet it’s finished. These past months I’ve been on a purposeful quest in community of stepping into our identity as children of God and the freedom that comes with every realisation of the truth of that. I wanted to show process and provoke your thoughts a little bit.

I stared with Kylie, than went on to portray the six more portrait style works and I finished with “glory to glory”. Here I really wanted to go back to draft, show beginning and possible end. It’s a piece about growth in community and individually.

Also, I’m still waiting to get professional photos taken and will upload them soon.

“Kylie” 36x24 “ oil and gold leaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 2018

“Kylie” 36x24 “ oil and gold leaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 2018

“Mark” oil and goldleaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20, 2018

“Mark” oil and goldleaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20, 2018

 “HELEN”, Oil and gold leaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20“, 2018

 “HELEN”, Oil and gold leaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20“, 2018

“RUTH” oil and goldleaf on canvas, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20, 2018

“RUTH” oil and goldleaf on canvas, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20, 2018

“Mikayla”, Silvia Ilona Klatt, oil and goldleaf on wood, 16x20, 2018

“Mikayla”, Silvia Ilona Klatt, oil and goldleaf on wood, 16x20, 2018

  “RIVER”, Oil and gold leaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20“, 2018

  “RIVER”, Oil and gold leaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20“, 2018




IMG_0828.JPG

“Scott” oil and goldleaf on wood, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 16x20, 2018

IMG_0854.JPG

“Glory to glory” charcoal, oil and goldleaf on wood, 24x24, Silvia Ilona Klatt, 2019

Christmas sale

Here’s everything currently for sale from Tennessee! 

I have a special Christmas sale for all Nashvillians and surroundings. Please see my shop for the sale prices. Depending sizes they’re all 80-150$.

Help me continue to be an artist by investing in a unique gift this Christmas! 

I’m also still taking commissions for unique Christmas gifts 🎁  

Love, 

Silvia

Mommy love

I started a project on motherhood. I’ve been fascinated to watch friends turn into moms and just the love that gets activated. It is such a special bond that I can only try to imagine.  I would love to attempt of capturing this. I got to do two portraits of moms with their little ones and i would love to help you get a treasured memory of these moments.

FullSizeRender.jpg

Helen

This is a portrait of Helen. She got rescued through projectR12, a fantastic non profit that changes lives and destinies in Uganda.  I got to paint this for a charity gala of their project and it was part of the silent auction and raised money that will go directly to impact Helens and others lives further.

8FD392AF-F432-4759-A94E-8626C954C13A.PNG

Check out www.projectr12.com to see the amazing work, they are doing! 

Recent portraits

These were done in each of the models home in two to three sittings. 

FullSizeRender.jpg

Randi. Oil on canvas. 

Randi is a photographer and is holding his first camera, that he got from his dad. It was very special to paint him. 

the whole painting was done pretty fast and through that has more of a rougher style to it. 

DDEB3AB1-953E-474D-9077-C19B4617F7A8.JPG

Lee. Also done in her home and in a quick fashion. I left some of the toned canvas shine through in the shadows and like how it turned out. 

 

i am available for commissions. I like to paint life, but can do a sketch on sight and the rest from a photograph.  message me if you’re interested! 

Keep leaving my heart in Norway

Another summer in Norway is over. It’s been now a tradition of four years of me spending the never ending days among the Fjords to work and to paint. Kind of a two job situation. in a café as an excuse and my passion squeezed in. It was good. It was a lot. It was beautiful. It took determination. 

Here are some of the works I got to do this summer! Some are still for sale and currently exhibited in Ålesund. You can purchase them also by contacting me directly.  

 . 


I‘m going out of these days with the resolution of living of my art. Honestly, so far I’m terrible at it, but so far, I also haven’t yet dared fully, haven’t tried fully and haven’t created much of just my own work. I am SO EXCITED TO LIVING THIS OUT NOW. Scary and daring and stupid. But this is where a life of passion has to be, at least, where it has to start. 

A good read at the moment has been Steven Pressfields „Turning Pro“ and I can only recommend it. 

I cannot share any amazing success story yet, since really, this is only the first week of me being a full time artist. So what have I done? I made sure I continued with good habits. I get up early, I do my routine and I work. I force myself to keep a list and to cross stuff of. All those things that I might not be prone to as a creative chaos brain. But no excuses. If I don’t put down routines and create space and time to dedicate my days to work, it’ll be over. And I’m loving it. Muse and inspiration don’t great me gently first thing in the morning. But they do show up eventually after I’ve had my coffee and quiet time and put my hands to good use. I’m confident something must come of it eventually. Time will tell ;)

Another resolution: blog wednesdays shall be a thing and I will update some more here on a regular basis and hope to grow this into something more fun soon

D I P L O M A

I'm done. Well, with the Academy that is. Now the real school starts.  I am now officially graduated from the Florence Classical Art Academy👩🏽‍🎨 👩🏽‍🎓

I finished my diploma end of June and during that time and right after it's been a whirlwind of events and I needed to find a breather to update this page. So here I am, sitting down, in the café where I work this summer, with my paintings on the wall. 

So, here is my diploma drawing

FullSizeRender.jpg

"Shipwreck on Malta" - Silvia Ilona Klatt under Prof Sergey Chubirko 2018, 2m x 1,20m, Sepia on paper. 

It's been an amazing process to develop this. I learned so much and really would love to continue with new compositions in this scale. But I am not sure, when I'll have the opportunity next. 

The drawing was then transferred in a canvas the same size and I started to paint the whole thing. Unfortunately there was not enough time to finish the painting before we had to. So I have an unfinished painting for you. The Academy still kept it for their fund and let me keep the drawing. I am planning to redo the whole painting once I have the space and time again. Which hopefully will be in September.

This is how far I managed (two weeks staraight, painting 8-10 h a day 🙃) 

Shipwreck on Malta" 

FullSizeRender.jpg

 "Shipwreck on Malta" Silvia Ilona Klatt under Prof Sergey Chubirko, oil on burlap canvas, 2 m x 1,20 m

 

The day after I already continued my journey, my brother had driven down to Lforence from North Germany and we packed up my stuff and had an epic roadtrip up north, with a pit stop in Germany of 24 h, through Denmark and up to Norway with destination Ålesund. I love when you get to travel a bit slower, especially, when it's a transition. It helps to leave and to start. 

I had so much fun with my brother and hadn't laughed that hard in a long while. 

so, now I am here, in beautiful Norway and will update you soon on what's next. Exciting things only. 

 

Time to finish the race

the finality of a thing is both devastating and clarifying. My time in Florence is running to a close. I want to soak up the moments with the views of the city. The strolls in small alleys. I still discover new places every time I am downtown and I can't get enough. I know there is more to explore, more to miss out on and more to live.

A week ago I went to see David again. The second time in a span of two weeks. By now I get no weak knees anymore when I come around the corner from the entrance and see him standing there under his coupola. As I went out, I turned to cast one last glance and I even audibly said: "Bye David, I love you," and totally bumped into someone in the crowded museum. Embarrassing. I've been wondering if it's terribly ridiculous to have these feelings for a marble piece. It almost feels like a crush. But it simply is the most amazing marble piece I have laid eyes on. I imagine Michelangelo - so young, so determined and probably afraid and terrified but also raptured and obsessed - a genius, an artist has to feel those feels when attempting a coloss like this. What am I trying to say? Simply it's really hard to say good bye to this city. I've started to work on my diploma work now with full swing and that means time is running out. That means, i soon won't just be able to walk up to David, go to the Uffizi or hang out in Boboli garden. Not that I actually get to do those things constantly. They are still special, because my time is rather taken up by work in the studio, but it's this thing of having something close, or available and then not having it.

Also it's a terrifying thought leaving and knowing how much more there is to learn. These past weeks I have seen my limitations so clearly. I am focusing on drawing now. No painting, which is heart wrenching, but I have to get my drawing skills tuned. Working with a teacher is both so good but also so difficult. The teacher helps you, where you get stuck and helps you finish a work. I am scared I won't be able to do anything like it without this help or crutch. So often I don't feel ready to leave. But simultaneously I know it's time to go. Maybe my drawings won't have the same quality for now. But they will be mine. I am excited to start actually creating more. Being an artist.

In the summer I will be in Norway and Germany and afterwards I will move to Nashville in Tennessee for a season. Maybe a couple months, maybe a bit longer. For now I want to have a good community around me and focus on creating a body of work. I have many hopes and dreams for the coming year and all these feels make these weeks bitter sweet. 

 

My diploma work is on a biblical story in the book of acts, inspired by my travel to Malta in December. On this island the Apostel Paul got shipwrecked with a roman boat on which he was a prisoner, headed from Israel towards Rome for trial. Two weeks they were in a storm until they finally got stranded there. The process of developing the idea had been a painful one, I just had to lay my ideas down and learn from my teacher. It's a cowork really. He basically gave me the solution and now I am working it out. And he will help developing it. I am working now on my drawing, which is done on paper with Sepia. This is 2 m x 1,20 m. When this is done I get to work on colour studies and finally do a separate painting on canvas. I am very excited to have a brush in my hand soon. For now it's hard discipline with sepia pencil. I enjoy that as well, but it doesn't come as natural.

 

This is the status quo of today, it still needs a lot of polishing, developing and changing. Still very sloppy and rough. I keep you posted.

Fore more updates, follow my instagram stories!